Archive for March, 2006
As consummate party hosts, we’re always looking for ways to make entertaining a wee bit easier, without hiring help, that is. When it comes to light weight nibbles, American Vintage Wine Biscuits are a surefire way to create a simple soiree. They’re made with wine and when served with cheese and a bubbling beverage (voila!) you’ve got all you need for an impromptu gathering among friends.
Who says you can’t get dirty in the kitchen? With these “Dirty Dishes” plates by fashionista Cynthia Rowley, you’ll enjoy a little naughtiness wherever you eat. These white plates, bowls and mugs have a trim with naked ladies resting and posing. They don’t care where they’re seen – and you’re sure to get noticed with this whimsical, fun set of tableware. Perhaps hold off serving the family on Thanksgiving Day with these, but otherwise, have a mischievous time dining.
In the spirit of Paris, this isn’t merely a raspberry tart, it is a “tartelette aux framboises” by Jean-Paul Hevin. The name, when pronounced correctly, rolls off the lips in a purr as seductively sweet as the dessert itself. The sugar crust pastry is filled with almonds and lemon then garnished with ripe, succulent raspberries that are smothered in strawberry jam.
POINT is the dot on the ”i” of your party table. As always with BodaNova design, good design and distinct function go hand in hand. Made by Eva and Peter Moritz, a highly-qualified designer couple with a background at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. Among their credits are the design of IKEA’s PS collection. POINT is their first product for BodaNova.
By now you know we’re highly visual creatures who happen to prioritize pulchritude. This seasoning, by Stonewall Kitchen, comes in a jar that’s as delightful to look at as it is to taste. It’s nearly impossible to count all of the uses for such an intensely aromatic experience. Rub a generous amount on both sides of meat and cook your little heart out. A teaspoon or two is said to make a wonderful addition to traditional meatloaf or burgers. You can also add a dash to your favorite pasta or potato salad.
OK, so it’s a classic. But sometimes it’s the simple things that make us tick, and this one is sure to rev up your kitchen. The Clear Thermal Jug by Lovegrove and Brown is one of those really useful kitchen items that don’t need a fancy design to serve a beautiful purpose, though it does come in other colors. The acrylic body has a removable silvered glass liner that holds up to a quart – and it keeps your beverages hot or cold, depending how you want them. It’s useful, it’s simple, it’s chic – a classic must-have.
Loyal Los Angeles foodies are said to have helped this little candy kitchen—which began in the owner’s kitchen—to grow. Today, Little Flower Candy Company sells to 22 stores and has its own website. Its goal is the freshest candy made with best ingredients. That means no hydrogenated oils, no shelf life extenders and no artificial ingredients. Lemon and Sea Salt caramels are like tiny bits o’ heaven, handmade with an unwavering passion for quality.
Even if you are challenged when it comes to the oven, be sure to pull out all your cooked-to-perfection delights or oops-it-burned mishaps with this stylish Sea Stripe Oven Mitt by Hable Construction. It’s made of quilted canvas to make sure that your hands stay safe no matter how your dish turns out, and it’s cut roomy too. A loop for hanging helps you store it where it belongs – out in the open for all to see that you may not be a chef, but your kitchen linens are still absolutely fabulous.
Fancy or exotic ingredients make a meal more fun, especially if you’re the one doing the grunt work in the kitchen. For a kick, add delicate Australian Pink Salt Flakes by Nirmala’s Kitchen to your array of spices. They’re fused with brush tomatoes that Australian Aborigines have been using for thousands of years. The salt is harvested from the Murray River and fed by water coming from the snowy Australian Alps. The bamboo shaker is hand carved in Sulawesi. A bamboo spoon is also included.
Do like Rachel Ray and always keep extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO, handy. This 1st pulled stone pressed Bella Cucina extra virgin olive oil by Watson Kennedy provides fine olive oil for all of your cooking needs in an attractive 16 oz. bottle. Leave it on the counter for décor or use it for cooking – either way it’s a kitchen staple.